These Grinch Heart Cookies are magical little treats that you can make at Christmas with your kids. Sugar cookies dyed green with a stained glass red heart in the middle. “Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.”
I’m so excited to share these cookies with you. In fact, I made them a while ago and life got away from me before I could share them.
They are easy, magical cookies that would great for Christmas plates or preschool treats.
They are really simple. Just start with your favorite sugar cookie dough that doesn’t spread and dye it green. Since we aren’t frosting these, you’ll want to make sure that the cookie is good all on its own. I love almond flavored cookies and these were great without frosting.
You could totally frost the outside of these if you want. I actually did a couple using a star tip but my kids gobbled them up before I could photograph them.
Next, cut a large heart with a smaller heart inside using cookie cutters. Next place a Jolly Rancher candy inside. I found that the cherry flavor is the best red color as the strawberry is a little more pink. DON’T use any other candy. I’ve tried it and Jolly Ranchers definitely melt the best.
I only baked mine for 5-6 minutes because that was the perfect amount of time to melt the candy and to bake the cookie without starting to turn the cookie brown. Remember they will continue to bake on the cookie sheet while they cool.
To make the Grinch cookies you need two different sized heart shaped cookie cutters. You want the inside shape small but not so small that you can’t appreciate the beauty of the stained glass heart shape. I used these cookie cutters from Amazon but you can use any one you have.
Maybe you don’t want to do Grinch Cookies. No big deal. I dyed half of my sugar cookie dough green and left the other half white so I could make Stained Glass Cookies.
These are so much fun. I was afraid that using a whole Jolly Rancher would over fill the cookies so I crushed them up and filled them that way – didn’t work. It was just a mess. Using a whole Jolly Rancher turned out to be the best way.
The key to these is to let them completely cool on parchment after they have baked. These are right out of the oven and as you can see they are a little bubbly still.
These have cooled for a while and they have a sturdy center. Look how pretty they are.
I was a little embarrassed because our piano teacher was over and I was busy snapping pictures and couldn’t stop because they were just so pretty.
Make sure when you store them that you store them in between layers of parchment just so they don’t stick together.
They aren’t sticky at first but if you leave them for a couple of days at room temperature they will start to get sticky. Of course I live in humid and hot Florida so I’m sure they would be fine in drier climates.
When you have a bunch of Grinch hearts together they look magical!
Grinch Heart Cookies
unsalted butter (2 sticks)
do not overfill
Jolly Rancher candies
(cherry flavor – use other flavors for stained glass cookies)
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and almond extract and mix until combined.
In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
Add the flour mixture slowly to the butter mixture. Mix until combined. It may take a bit to mix in.
Mix in green food coloring to your desired color. I used about 10 drops. Chill dough until ready to use.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface or in between two sheets of parchment paper. Cut a larger heart out first and then a smaller heart in the middle. Place a jolly rancher in the middle heart hole. It helps to actually cut the cookies out on the parchment paper you rolled them on so you don’t have to move the dough.
Bake cookies for 5-6 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely on the cookie sheet. You can speed this up by popping them in the fridge.
Once cooled, store cookies in between layers of parchment paper. You can also frost them with green frosting if desired.
You can use your favorite cookie dough. I used the Sugar cookie dough from Our Best Bites.